1. "God Bless America" was written by an immigrant from Siberia.
3. The 1812 Overture, which is commonly played at 4th of July celebrations, is actually about Russia.
4. And Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." is about a Vietnam War vet who returns home, only to feel abandoned by his own country.
5. "You're a Grand Old Flag" was a basically a pop hit. It sold over a million copies of sheet music.
6. The composer of "America the Beautiful" never got to hear his melody paired with the lyrics.
Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics originally as a poem, in 1893 while on a trip to Colorado. Samuel A. Ward, a church organist, composed the melody but died one year before it was joined with Bates' lyrics in 1904.
7. Don McLean's "American Pie" is about the tragic death of Buddy Holly.
"The day music died" = the day Buddy Holly died in a plane crash.
8. And Martina McBride's "Independence Day" is actually about domestic abuse.
The controversial 1994 song is about the stories of two women: the daughter of an alcoholic, abusive father, and her mother, who ends up burning their family house down.